Man Arrested After Gun Fired Near Elementary School, Prompting Lockdowns


LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A man was taken into custody today after he allegedly fired a gun across the street from an elementary school in Los Angeles, causing it and another school to be locked down.

Police received a call of an assault with a deadly weapon in the 1500 block of East First Street at about 10:30 a.m., according to Officer William Cooper of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The Los Angeles School Police Department received a similar report of a man who discharged two gunshots in the air directly across the street from Utah Elementary School, the department said on its Instagram account.

The shooting prompted Utah Elementary School and Mendez Learning Center to be locked down as police called in a SWAT team and established a perimeter in the area to search for the man.

The man was discovered to be "contained inside a local residence" and was taken into custody, the school police department later said.

No injuries were reported, though police found a bullet hole on the exterior of the school.

Utah Elementary School and Mendez Learning Center in East Los Angeles were taken off lockdown at about 2:15 p.m. Students and staff at Utah School were dismissed for the day.


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